When you head to the library or bookstore this weekend with the kiddos, keep an eye out for When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner and illustrated by David Catrow.
When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner is a recent release. In rhymes of a seussical nature, thought without the made-up words, Turner explores all the amazing ways that God is excited and engaged and amazed by who we are as his creation. A young girl goes for a bike ride to a park and helps a sad artist explore and discover what can be beautiful. Her art is big and colorful and hopeful and soon she and her new friend are off to explore and discover whatever they can imagine.
“‘Cause when God made you, this much is true,
the world got to meet who God already knew.”
The language and the illustrations are vivid, bold, colorful, expressive, and hopeful. Paired with the rhymes of the book, readers can’t help being swept away by the grandness of God’s excitement about who we are and what we can do. In particular, this book focuses on each child pursuing whatever it is that makes them unique – their passions, curiosities, concerns, and skills. When God Made You takes children from before they were born to who they can be in forty pulsating and vibrant pages.
“‘Cause when God made you
and the world oohed and aahed,
in heaven they called you an image of God.”